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What can I do with the leftover cooking liquid from ham?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by SleighBelle, Dec 24, 2015.

  1. SleighBelle

    SleighBelle Occasional commenter

    I've boiled my gammon in a mixture of cloudy apple juice, cloudy cider and a touch of water, with a clove-studded onion, three cloves of garlic and two bay leaves. The ham is now waiting to be glazed and baked and looks, smells and tastes delicious.

    What on earth can I do with this cooking liquor? Nigella Lawson added a footnote to her Coca-Cola ham, for cooks to reserve the liquid but doesn't say what to do with it. Any bright ideas?
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Post the question on Cookery and you'll get an inspirational answer. As for me - down the sink, life's too short. The ham sounds wonderful, enjoy :)
  3. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    I'd make soup
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  4. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Swig it. All in one.
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  5. InkyP

    InkyP Star commenter

    Soup - although it might be a bit salty depending on the ham.
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  6. kibosh

    kibosh Star commenter

    Aye, but once you add all the ingredients . . .I was more concerned about the cloves
    edited to add: cloves from the clove studded onion
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  7. ShowerGel

    ShowerGel Lead commenter

    How about down the plughole?

    I'm just jealous.
    I've never cooked a ham and it sound delicious.
    All that hammy succulency in chunks.
  8. les25paul

    les25paul Star commenter

    Don't pour it down the sink, when it cools and solidifies it could block the drains.

    One option is to let it solidify and put it outside for the wild birds, its a superb source of fat and therefore energy for them.
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  9. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Could you use potato to thicken, and absorb some of the saltiness?

    Anyway, it all sounds delicious!
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  10. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    Strain the cooking liquor, discarding the onion, garlic and bay leaves. Boil steadily over a high heat to reduce until the flavour is strong but not too salty. Melt 50g unsalted butter in a small saucepan, stir in 50g plain flour and cook, stirring, for one minute. Remove from the heat and gradually stir in half pint of milk. Strain the cooking liquor and gradually stir 500ml into the sauce. Return to the heat, bring to the boil, stirring, then simmer for 2-3 minutes. Stir in 1 heaped tbsp wholegrain mustard to taste and season with pepper.

    Serve the sauce with the ham.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2015
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  11. Lascarina

    Lascarina Star commenter

    Reserving it makes it sound like a book in a library or a ticket in the theatre. I'd jack it down the sink. But then I only cook my gammon in water. How plain am I?
  12. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I agree you need to watch out for the saltiness, but like the suggestion above.
    Also try adding some honey to counteract the saltiness and use as a base of a soup or nomads' suggestion of a sauce.
  13. ninenotes

    ninenotes Senior commenter

    Pour the alcohol of your choice into a big glass.

    Drink that and throw the hammy juice away.
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  14. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    It would be a crime not to use it to make soup with. It will be salty, but you can remove some of the salt by cooking the potatoes for your Christmas dinner in it before you roast them. Carrots too. In fact after you've done that, it will be good stock for carrot soup.
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  15. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Great idea DoY!
  16. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    Am I the only one who wants to try some of the ham? ... oh no lindenlea and showergel are with me.
  17. cissy3

    cissy3 Star commenter

    Merry Christmas everyone (test)
  18. Duke of York

    Duke of York Star commenter

    Happy Christmas everyone.
  19. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    Not sure I'd put it out for the birds, they'll be totally rat*****
  20. silkywave

    silkywave Lead commenter

    I usually put split yellow peas and make pea n ham soup. Do you think I could find the dried peas on Christmas Eve? I cut up potato and leeks and added it along with butter beans.
    But I bring the ham to the boil then replace the water to stop it being too salty. Don't add lots of flavourings apart from mustard seeds and pepper corns. Then I roasted it in gin and marmalade. The gin was my idea. I don't think you can have enough gin?
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